Did you know that many Italian foods have their own national holidays? It’s a great time to stop into Fazio’s Ristorante and Pizzeria to celebrate, where we have been serving old world style Italian food since 1980. Check out some of the holidays below and make Fazio’s your number one stop for authentic Italian food this summer and fall!
National Macaroni Day – July 7th
Although there is no known origin of this holiday, it has been celebrated for many years. Macaroni is much shorter than spaghetti and hollow, and it doesn’t contain eggs. Macaroni is a borrowing of the Italian word maccerone. In English-speaking countries, the name is typically given to a specific shape of pasta – like small pasta tubes cut into short pieces. The elbow shape is a result of different speeds on the opposite sides of the pasta tube as it comes out of the machine.
Craving some macaroni on National Macaroni Day? Stop into Fazio’s for some of our delicious pasta!
National Mac and Cheese day – July 14th
Pasta and cheese casseroles have been recorded as early as the 14th century in one of the oldest medieval cookbooks. The first modern recipe was included in The Experienced English Housekeeper in 1769. Mac and cheese got its start in the United States in 1802 when President Thomas Jefferson requested the dish be served at a state dinner at the White House. One reason why mac and cheese gained such quick popularity was its affordability and easy access to recipes.
Bring your kids in to Fazio’s to try our mac and cheese on the national holiday!
National Spumoni Day – August 21st
I scream, you scream, we all scream…for spumoni! This classic Italian dessert is molded ice cream made with layers of different colors and flavors and often contains candied fruits and nuts. The ice cream flavors are typically cherry, pistachio, and either vanilla or chocolate. These flavors are used because they reflect the colors of the Italian flag – red, green, and white (if vanilla is used). A similar American classic is Neapolitan ice cream, which is a combination of chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry.
Cool off this summer with a big dish of spumoni and enjoy the national holiday!
National Cheese Pizza Day – September 5th
Pizza’s history dates back to 997 AD in Gaeta, Italy. However foods similar to pizza had been made since the New Stone Age. By the late 18th century, tomato was added as a topping, and shortly after, cheese was sprinkled on top. Pizza didn’t travel over the ocean to the United States until the late 19th century with Italian immigrants, who settled in New York City, Chicago, Philadelphia, and St. Louis. The first printed reference to pizza was in a 1904 article in the Boston Journal.
Here at Fazio’s, we have your cheese pizza needs covered! You can order pizza by the slice, or if you want to share, we have 14” smalls to 30” party sizes.
National Linguine Day – September 15th
Linguine is another form of pasta, similar to fettuccine, but its shape is curved rather than flat. Linguine means “little tongues” in Italian, and a thinner version of linguine is called linguettine. It originated in Genoa and the Liguria region of Italy. Linguine is usually served with seafood or pesto, and it’s available in white flour and whole-wheat versions.
Stop in and have some of our famous linguine dishes! All of our pasta dishes come with the option of linguine, so why not try it with some Italian sausage or marinara sauce? If you’re in the mood for seafood, check out our Shrimp Scampi, Shrimp/Scallop Fra Diavolo, or Shrimp/Scallop Marinara!
National Pepperoni Pizza Day – September 20th
Most people assume that pepperoni is Italian, but it’s actually not true. It is an Italian-American creation that popped up in the early 1900s when pizzerias began to flourish in Italian-American neighborhoods. “Pepperoni” is the Italian word for large peppers, as in bell peppers, and there are similar salamis from Italy that are spicy and made red from dried chilies. It’s an air-dried spicy sausage that is fine-grained, lightly smoky, bright red, and soft. Pepperoni is a mixture of pork and beef, but it can also be made with turkey. Americans annually consume 251.7 million pounds of pepperoni on 36% of all pizzas produced nationally.
Come on in on National Pepperoni Day, and enjoy a slice yourself at Fazio’s! Or if you’re feeling really hungry, we have pizza pies ranging from 10” personal to 30” party sizes!
National Biscotti Day – September 29th
These twice-baked cookies originated in the Italian city of Prato. These biscuits are oblong-shaped with an almond taste. They are made dry and crunchy by cutting the loaf of dough while still hot and fresh from the oven. “Biscotti” originates from the Medieval Latin word “biscoctus” meaning twice-cooked/baked. Since these were baked goods that were baked twice, they could be stored for long periods of time. It is traditionally served with a drink, like coffee, cappuccino, or black tea.
Take advantage of the national holiday and have a few biscotti with your favorite hot beverage!
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